Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson: A Study in Character

Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson: A Study in Character

by Roger G. Kennedy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195140559

ISBN-13: 9780195140552

Pub. Date: 09/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book restores Aaron Burr to his place as a central figure in the founding of the American Republic. Abolitionist, proto-feminist, friend to such Indian leaders as Joseph Brant, Burr was personally acquainted with a wider range of Americans, and of the American continent, than any other Founder except George Washington. He contested for power with Hamilton and

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This book restores Aaron Burr to his place as a central figure in the founding of the American Republic. Abolitionist, proto-feminist, friend to such Indian leaders as Joseph Brant, Burr was personally acquainted with a wider range of Americans, and of the American continent, than any other Founder except George Washington. He contested for power with Hamilton and then with Jefferson on a continental scale. The book does not sentimentalize any of its three protagonists, neither does it derogate their extraordinary qualities. They were all great men, all flawed, and all three failed to achieve their full aspirations. But their struggles make for an epic tale.
Written from the perspective of a historian and administrator who, over nearly fifty years in public life, has served six presidents, this book penetrates into the personal qualities of its three central figures. In telling the tale of their shifting power relationships and their antipathies, it reassesses their policies and the consequences of their successes and failures. Fresh information about the careers of Hamilton and Burr is derived from newly-discovered sources, and a supporting cast of secondary figures emerges to give depth and irony to the principal narrative. This is a book for people who know how political life is lived, and who refuse to be confined within preconceptions and prejudices until they have weighed all the evidence, to reach their own conclusions both as to events and character.
This is a controversial book, but not a confrontational one, for it is written with sympathy for men of high aspirations, who were disappointed in much, but who succeeded, in all three cases, to a degree not hitherto fully understood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140552
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
832,400
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments,xv
Preface,xvii
PART ONE Character and Circumstance,3
CHAPTER 1 Character * Gentlemen * Hotspur and Bolingbroke * Sacrificial Suicide Pretensions to Character *
The Chesterfieldian Fallacy * Candor7
CHAPTER 2 Circumstance * Party and Faction * Emulation,
Rivalry, and Ambition The West and Slavery * The21
CHAPTER 3 The Fatal Twins * Burr, Hamilton, and the
Consolations of Religion Hamilton and the Consolations of33
CHAPTER 4 I Wish There Was a War * Staff Work * The Cincinnati and Thomas Jefferson * Colonels Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson *
Where Is Jefferson? John Marshall, Thomas Jefferson, and
the Question of Character44
CHAPTER 5 Politics, Love, Learning, and Death * The Women * Burr and Washington A Hypocrite or a Dangerous Man? *
Oaths and Other Words to Be Kept Dueling Founders * Dr.
Cooper Eavesdrops56
CHAPTER 6 Fascination * Jachin and Boas * Equal and
Opposite Assisted Suicide * The Code75
PART TWO Character Tested by Slavery and Secession,87
CHAPTER 7 The Civil Rights Movement of the 1790s and the First Jim Crow Period The Fourteen-Year Campaign * Good Company *
Religion, Conviction, and Abolition * The Manumission Society *
The Presence of Washington Burr, Hamilton, Jefferson, the French, and the Blacks *
The Center Holds: Burr, Jay, and Moderation * Removal:
Red and Black89
CHAPTER 8 Misdemeanors in Kentucky and Tennessee * Secession, Filibustering, and James Wilkinson *
Washington Copes with Secession * The French Incite
Secession and Filibustering * George Rogers Clark:111
CHAPTER 9 Filibustering as Policy, Glory, or Adventure * Wilkinson and Wayne Hamilton and Wilkinson *
Hamilton's Will * Strict Construction Burr and Disunion127
CHAPTER 10 Washington, Western Pennsylvania, and Secession * Erring Sisters and Their Siblings *
Albert Gallatin and Secession * Riots and Reaction * Braddock's Field and Washington's March *
A Tempest in a Teapot? * Georges Collot Burr, Gallatin,
and the Election of 1800 * Gallatin Attempts to Keep Two147
CHAPTER 11 Character, Economic Interest, and Foreign
Policy * The Quasi-War and the Black Speech * Private War172
PART THREE In the Wake of the Hurricane,183
CHAPTER 12 Clamor and Retreat * Sanctuary * The Truxtons
* The General The Biddles Come to the Rescue185
CHAPTER 13 Southern Hospitality * Gin, Green Seed, and Empire * Patriotic Gratitude and Yankee Ingenuity *
The Attractions of Florida * The Presences of History * Three Generations of McIntoshes and Slavery *
Family Southern Communications195
CHAPTER 14 Fort George * Don Juan McQueen * Bowles, Slavery, and McQueen John Houstoun McIntosh *
Caballing in the Carolinas with the Scots Virginia
Complications214
PART FOUR The Great Valley,231
CHAPTER 15 Burr and the Middle Ground * Among the
Stockbridges Joseph Brant233
CHAPTER 16 "A Country of Slaves" * Turning Oglethorpe Around * Seminole Carondelet and Servile Insurrection *
Militia Matters * Calming Mr. Jefferson242
PART FIVE The Expedition,255
CHAPTER 17 Intentions, 1800-1805 * Absurd Reports * The Manic Burr Goes West On to the Hermitage, New Orleans, and the Clergy *
Casa Calvo, Grand Pré Morales, and Recruiting * La Chaumiere du Prairie * Wilkinson's Fidelity Wilkinson's Estimates *
Jefferson Recomputes the Odds257
CHAPTER 18 Whose Valley? * A Garden with a Past * Burr's
Lost Paradise Empire, Sanctuary, and Speculation283
CHAPTER 19 Mr. Jefferson's Colleagues * Neutral Ground * In the Shoes of Thomas Adam Smith * George Morgan for the Prosecution *
John Adams and the "Lying Spirit" of the Virginians *
Meanwhile, in Bruinsburg Captain Hooke292
CHAPTER 20 The Thinking Part of the People * The Jury Convenes at Jefferson College Senator Plumer Reports *
The Charge of Filibustering * Mr. Jefferson's Private Armies and the Opinion of Another Jury *
The Mississippi Federalists Silas Dinsmoor * Robert
Ashley * Thomas Rodney and Old '76 John McKee305
CHAPTER 21 The Wheeled Cell and the Trial * Rousing the Neighborhood Benjamin Hawkins * The Case of Bollmann *
Elijah Clarke and His TransOconee Ruins * Fort Wilkinson333
CHAPTER 22 Precedents and Justice * Recalling a Real
Rebellion Consolation Prizes * French Accessories347
CHAPTER 23 Groundsprings of Wrath * West by Southwest *
Cherchez les Femmes359
Appendix: Biases and Apologies,389
Notes,395
Bibliography,435
Index,453

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